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Poster: mystified Date: Feb 25, 2006 4:49am
Forum: netlabels Subject: Mutescape-- Processed Fieldwork

As I live on a very busy streetcorner, and love the sounds of music and silence, I have wondered from time to time if it would be possible to take the world around me and to ask it to be a little more quiet. Could I mute the street traffic, the dogs barking, and the folks out waiting for the bus?

In "Mutescape", I took a single field recording of my neighborhood, over 33 minutes long, and subjected it to a series of compressions, eq shifts and effects. My goal was to replace my surroundings with a quieter, dronier version of themselves-- perhaps as a sleep aid, a relaxant, or just as an object of interest.

The result, I think, works-- the filters and effects emphasize the tonal quality of my sonic environment, and there is a pleasing consistency to the piece. I hope you agree!